‘Safer families’ the focus of Noosa community event to help reduce domestic violence

Local not-for profit organisation, United Synergies, is inviting the Noosa community to stand up against domestic and family violence by coming together for a free community event on Saturday 6 May at Noosaville Lions Park.

May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in Queensland, with communities encouraged to come together to help change the culture and attitudes that underpin violence. Statistics from the Magistrates Courts of Queensland reveal that 110 Protection Orders relating to Domestic and Family Violence were made in Noosa from 2014 to 2015.

United Synergies’ Regional Manager for the Sunshine Coast, Danielle Mackenzie, said the first step in changing the community’s attitude towards violence is to create opportunities for safe conversations to take place: “The Celebrating Safe Families event brings a range of community support services together with activities and live music, to encourage conversations about healthy and unhealthy relationships in a safe and open environment.”

“Event goers will be able to access community information stalls, enjoy a free sausage sizzle, face painting and a jumping castle for children, live music, and a range of activities by the Noosa River,” said Danielle.

“Last year, United Synergies supported more than 4000 people to overcome life’s challenges and build better lives. Across all of our programs – in child and family relationships, education and employment support, homelessness, mental health and suicide bereavement, our staff see the impact domestic violence can have on our fellow community members living safe, healthy and stable lives.

“United Synergies has had a presence in the Noosa community since we began as the Noosa Accommodation Project in 1989, supporting homeless young people. It is our hope that ‘Celebrating Safe Families’ will provide Noosa residents with the resources and opportunity to get help if they need it, or speak out if they know someone who needs support,” Danielle said.

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence, contact DVConnect on 1800 811 811.

Domestic Violence statistics

Australian research reports one in three women have experienced physical violence at home, often repeatedly, by a man they know, and with whom they are, or have been in an intimate relationship (ABS 2006)

“Between 80 and 100 Australian women die at the hands of their male partners every year – and a  woman in Australia is more likely to be killed in her own home by her male partner than anywhere else or by anyone else.”  (The ABS Personal Safety Survey 2006)

A recent report issued by the Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Unit, Office of the State Coroner of Queensland states that:- During the period 2006 –2012 there was an average of 23 deaths a year in Queensland linked to domestic and family violence – and that this figure equalled 44% of the state’s homicides for that period.

DVConnect statistics:

  • Each year DVConnect receives over 55,000 incoming calls relating to domestic violence, family violence and sexual assault.
  • DVConnect Womensline takes over 4000 calls every month from women who are in fear of, or in immediate threat of danger from Domestic or Family Violence.
  • On average we assist over 350 women and often more than 400 children to be moved to safety every month.
  • In addition DVConnect assists between 12 and 20 pets to safety each month.

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